Several days ago my HDD failed on my Toshiba Satellite L305, badly. I had no recovery disk. There was a recovery partition on it, but...well what is the point really?
Anyway, new "clean" HDD and no budget for Windows so I download Linux Ubuntu 12.04 onto a USB flashdrive, I run it off the drive and am online with wifi within seconds.
It didn't fill my screen but someone helped me out, Linux users are very helpful, and its working beautifully. I do miss a few things.
There is an online game my nephew likes "Hero Up" that hates Linux apparently. And there is one forum I love that doesn't seem to want to load for me at all. Oh well.